Tony Mash, former CEO of the British Coatings Federation and currently Chairman of the Stationers' Industry Committee part of the remit of which is the Innovation Excellence Awards, writes:
Christopher Leonard-Morgan writes: Don't write handwriting off yet! It is ironic that the personal stationery market is enjoying a resurgence at the same time that such great strides are being made on the technology front, but perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.
Owen Carr, Consumer Research Marketing Manager at United Stationers in the US writes:
David Worlock writes: Everytime I write a piece about the predicament of newspapers I get strange messages from total strangers, so the note which followed my recent blog (http://www.davidworlock.com/2014/01/and-there-is-nothing-in-the-newspapers-either/ ) was not a total surprise
Comment by Trevor Crawford, Event Director of IPEX 2014
Survival of the fittest – Change is the key to success
The world is changing, and the key to survival is to change. The printing industry is no exception to this, having undergone seismic change over the past decade or so. Our research and discussions with industry representatives, indicates the issues facing almost every printer, large or small, are generally the same around the world: declining volumes, overcapacity, commoditisation, pricing pressures, finance, as well as the ongoing competition and integration from the internet and other competitive communications channels.
This article by Alex Hardy, a Freeman of the Stationers' Company, was first published in The Bookseller on 14 October 2013.
Organisations such as Google and Amazon have built an industry around consumer data; publishers are still very much in the experimental phase of collecting, analysing and putting data to work in their businesses.
It is an undeniable fact that one of our Company's most important tasks must be to encourage young people to enter into one of our trades and, eventually, the Stationers' Company.
For the past year or so I have been privileged to see this happen at first hand, as a member of the Academic Awards committee responsible for the distribution of financial assistance to a wide variety of worthy youngsters.
Oliver Gadsby writes: As a book publisher, I am often asked by those outside the industry whether the advent of e-books is making life difficult for us: there is an assumption that new technology must be a problem. In reality, the reverse is true, and book publishing is flourishing, using all the technologies at its disposal to connect authors with readers.
Picking up a beautifully bound book is one of life’s little pleasures, writes Paul Kidson of Ludlow Bookbinders where they keep alive the tradition of centuries by binding books using methods familiar to Caxton.